Wal-Mart officials have announed the store is coming back to Pass Christian, ending months of speculation about the future of the store in the hurricane ravaged city. The company released this statement. "As part of our commitment to Pass Christian, MS, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. recently finalized the purchase of land surrounding the former store site. The Pass Christian Wal-Mart was completely destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.
"I am excited to confirm that Wal-Mart plans to rebuild the Pass Christian store in the same location it stood prior to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina," said Tice White, Wal-Mart Public Affairs senior manager for Mississippi. "Wal-Mart is committed to the citizens of Pass Christian and is excited about the opportunity to once again serve the region."
At this time, Wal-Mart doesn't have a specific date of when construction will begin or when the store will open, but the company is working to return as soon as possible. Although the specific design of the store has not yet been approved, it will be unique to the town and region.
"The City of Pass Christian anxiously awaits Wal-Mart back to serve our community," said Chipper McDermott, Pass Christian Mayor.